30 Aug 2012

Indonesian legislator accuses Australia's Bob Carr of double standards

8:12 am on 30 August 2012

A senior Indonesian legislator has accused Australia's Foreign Minister of having double standards after he called for an inquiry into the killing of a West Papuan independence leader.

Bob Carr called for the probe after allegations officers of the Australian-trained Indonesian anti-terror unit, Detachment 88, were involved in the killing of leader Mako Tabuni in June.

Mr Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the independence group the National Committee for West Papua, was gunned down in the street by police who were trying to arrest him.

The head of Indonesia's parliamentary commission for security, Mahfudz Siddiq, in an interview in the Age newspaper, confirmed Detachment 88 was present in West Papua.

He also alleged Mr Tabuni was one of the actors behind a series of violent actions there.

Independence activists have denied Mr Tabuni was involved in a series of killings in the lead-up to his death.

Mr Siddiq also chided Bob Carr adding he had never heard Australian politicians complaining about Detachment 88 killing Muslim terror suspects.

He says Mr Carr went too far in mentioning human rights training to Detachment 88.

Mr Siddiq says he thinks Australia must be careful about these statements because they could be seen as having double standards.